Apr 15

I’m not a gamer, but

I play few games from time to time. You may have heard of them. Some are quite popular. Bejewled Blitz, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Typing Maniac, and a few others I don’t get into as much anymore but I used to love (ahem..Farmville).

But those don’t count do they? At least I never thought they did. When I pictured “gamer” I pictured someone playing WOW, Skyrim, Halo, Assassins Creed, or any other of those games they market to the stereotypical “gamer” market.

Other than my love of Zelda (and sometimes Super Mario Galaxy), I don’t fit the pattern. I am not marketed to. I don’t count. I am not someone they can make money from. I am a girl and not one of those “fake gamer girls” who buy your games in droves despite how rarely companies choose to represent our gender in a positive, non-objective light. Since they are obviously fake, companies don’t seem to market to the “gamer girls” either. They will obviously just follow whatever the boys are into anyway (insert sarcasm button here).

Except I spent $ on a game a gazillion years old because I remember loving it in college (turns out Myst doesn’t work so well on modern systems). I bought a used Nintendo 64 way outdated so I could play Pokemon Snap and Zelda Ocarina of Time. I re-bought those games on the Wii when I realized that was an option. I dream of owning a $300 machine because the new Zelda looks that amazing but know it won’t be a reality since I never could justify spending the $ on Skyward Sword (poverty is to blame here).

Except that some companies do market to me. Every time I consider buying coins for a Bejeweled power-up, It is because I am a customer. Every time I watch an add in the middle of a Text-Twist game, I am a customer. Every time I hunt for games like Myst and Riven, I am a potential customer.

There isn’t a big message in this post, only a realization. I am not a gamer, but only because I didn’t believe I counted.



  1. 1
    Allison Granted

    You are absolutely a gamer if that is the label you want to choose. Gaming is less about what kinds of games and more about the fact that you play any games. Hell you could play board games and you’re still a gamer! Silly dudebros like to claim that title and try to exclude others from it, but they don’t have the final say.

    I didn’t consider myself a gamer. Despite playing MMOs and RPGs, I can’t play and don’t like to play FPS games, or fast action games. But I proudly claim that title now.

    1. 1.1

      That was pretty much it, me coming to the realization I am a gamer. I like games, I play games, and I buy games. I just realized I never counted myself because I didn’t fit the type.

  2. 2

    To me, you’re a gamer if you like to play games.

    I own very few AAA titles, and most of them I picked up on sale on Steam.

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